Edgar Lee Masters

Kansas / United States
Edgar Lee Masters
Kansas / United States
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Silence

Rating: 3.6
I have known the silence of the stars and of the sea,
And the silence of the city when it pauses,
And the silence of a man and a maid,
And the silence of the sick
When their eyes roam about the room.
And I ask: For the depths,
Of what use is language?
A beast of the field moans a few times
When death takes its young.
And we are voiceless in the presence of realities --
We cannot speak.
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COMMENTS
Hugh G Rection 09 December 2020
Oh, but if he were an artist, there would be deeper wounds which he could NOT describe.
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hugh ganus 09 June 2020
awesome writing
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Paresh Chakra 01 December 2018
This poem is very thoughtful poem
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MIZZY............. 15 March 2018
I LOVE THIS POEM! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Damian Cranney 19 June 2017
What a great poem, about life, a true understanding of the human condition and the events of time, I think this poem has made me understand and about writing free verse no rhyme just wisdom.
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Sally Plumb Plumb 04 April 2016
Excellent.
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Christopher Correia 24 March 2016
amen! is all that comes to mind after reading this profound thought....what a great observational thought stream captured by a very bright man, and excellent poet....a tribute to the limitless possibilities of words, searing silence....profound beyond description...joy to read
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Kenneth Maswabi 02 March 2015
Wow! i am touched by the silence.Thank you.
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Obed Souza 06 April 2009
I Just love it! Silence can be so revealing and expresses so many things!
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Carla Detrie 12 October 2007
I read this poem in high school - quite some time ago - and it has always been with me. A beautiful poem with so very much to say even today. A Classic.
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